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China's Import Policies Are Affecting U.S. Recycling Companies

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:23

China is the biggest importer of U.S. recyclables. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Brent Bell, vice president of recycling operations for Waste Management, about how changes China has made to what recyclables it will import is impacting the company.

Why One Rock Band Is Trying To Teach Students Financial Literacy

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:23

The band Gooding travels to schools teaching young people how to manage their finances. The band members are trying to prepare the students for a future where cash is much less common.

Alabama Democrats Describe Doug Jones' Win As 'Euphoria'

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:23

It's been a big week for the Democratic Party — but it's been an even bigger week for lifelong Alabama Democrats. NPR talked to a handful of them to ask the significance of Doug Jones winning a U.S. Senate seat — the first Democrat to do so in Alabama in more than two decades.

Republicans Are Hoping To Pass Tax Bill By Christmas

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:23

NPR's Kelly McEvers is joined by David Brooks of The New York Times, and Ana Kasparian, of The Young Turks Network, to discuss the political news of the week.

Trump Could Have Tax Bill On His Desk Before Holiday Break

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:23

At the moment, it appears that President Trump will get his Christmas wish: To have tax overhaul legislation on his desk, ready for his signature, before the holiday break. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to economist and Harvard professor Gregory Mankiw about the GOP Tax Plan.

Britain Gets OK To Start Negotiating Exit With European Union

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:23

The European Union has decided to let Britain start negotiating its future relationship with the giant trading block. This comes as there is now an agreement with the United Kingdom on how it will end its membership of the EU, but the tough part still lies ahead.

Rubio, Corker Gives Thumbs Up To Tax Bill, Clearing Roadblock To Passage By Christmas

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:42

The two Republican senators had been holdouts but now the bill appears on track for passage next week.

Stop Hating On Ed Sheeran's Fundraising Ad, Say Critics

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:52

A Comic Relief spot starring the pop singer, raising funds for children in Liberia, was voted the worst charity ad of 2017. Some are saying the criticisms aren't warranted.

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Wife Of Kentucky Lawmaker Who Killed Himself Plans To Run For His Seat

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:06

State Rep. Dan Johnson's death came days after a news outlet published allegations he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl. His widow called it a "high-tech lynching based on lies and half-truths."

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How Katharine Graham Defied A Federal Judge To Publish The Pentagon Papers

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 13:28

Graham, who died in 2001, held the title of publisher at The Washington Post from 1969 until 1979. She spoke to Fresh Air in 1997 about her 1971 decision to publish the top-secret documents.

Former 'Post' Executive Editor Ben Bradlee On Publishing The Pentagon Papers

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 13:28

Bradlee served as executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. In 1995, he told Fresh Air about his decision to publish the top secret documents related to U.S. policy making in Vietnam.

Grand Jury Report On Penn State Hazing Finds 'Indignities And Depravities'

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 13:00

The report was triggered by one deadly incident, but members of the grand jury said they felt obligated to report the broader issues they uncovered — including rampant, dangerous misconduct.

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Long Island Woman Charged With Using Bitcoin To Launder Money To Support ISIS

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:29

Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, allegedly used credit cards to buy more than $60,000 in cryptocurrency that she later transferred abroad. The Justice Department says she intended to join ISIS in Syria.

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Reinventing The Cheese Wheel: From Farmhouse To Factory And Back Again

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:00

A new book traces the transatlantic cheese wars that led to the rise of factory cheeses and loss of traditional varietals, and looks at the farmhouse cheesemakers working to restore that lost legacy.

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Video Shows Trump Judicial Nominee Unable To Answer Basic Questions Of Law

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:52

Federal court nominee Matthew Petersen was stumped on basic legal questions during confirmation hearing.

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Want Help Explaining A Medical Procedure? Ask A 9-Year-Old

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:18

Much of the information doctors hand patients before surgery is too complex and hard to understand. So British researchers asked 9-year-olds to rewrite a brochure about a hip replacement.

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Avocado Hand Injuries Are Real. Is A Seedless Fruit The Answer?

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:00

Apparently people are showing up in the ER with nerve injuries from improperly cutting the pit out of an avocado. So now there's a cute new seedless variety.

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Retailers Hope For Strong Holiday Season As November Sales Beat Expectations

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 06:14

Retail and food sales were up 5.8 percent in November over the same time last year, the Commerce Department said. Retailers are hoping for their best year since before the economic recession.

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Guantanamo Court Lacks Jurisdiction To Try 9/11 Defendants, Says Defense Attorney

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 06:00

The attorney for one of the 9/11 defendants argues the Guantanamo military commission can't try his client, because the U.S. wasn't at war with al-Qaida at the time of the attacks.

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Natural Disasters And The Implications Of Missing So Much School

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 05:49

Wildfires, hurricanes, flooding — this fall has brought a wave of natural disasters to the U.S. With that comes many days where schools are closed — and those absences add up.

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